PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says there is need to find a lasting solution for people living in flood prone areas in the country.
Speaking when he visited flood victims in Mambwe district on Thursday, President Lungu assured flood victims of government support. He said government has enough relief food for the affected families.
The Head of State participated in the distribution of food and other essentials to the flood victims.
Chief Jumbe of the Kunda people in Mambwe district commended the government for the quick intervention to mitigate the effects of floods.
President Lungu was accompanied by Eastern Province minister Makebi Zulu who is also Malambo member of parliament and Minister in the office of the Vice-President Olipa Mwansa Phiri.
And Zulu said President Lungu toured flood victims to appreciate the extent of the floods and the effects.
“His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, graced us with his presence today. He toured Mambwe and Lumezi districts and appreciated the extent of the floods and the effects thereof,” he said. “With well over 300 households now affected, the President was at hand to hand over some food packs, cooking utensils, blankets, tents and much more to the flood victims. Kamoto hospital was not left behind; as they also received food items to help in the feeding of patients especially that some may have come from homestead that had fallen victim to the flooding situation. We are eternally grateful for His Excellency, the President for his kind gesture in donating various items. We also thank our many partners and friends that helped ease the burden by also donating various items.”
Over 300 families have been affected by floods in Malambo while over 60 families have been affected by floods in Lumezi district. The floods have also seen Nsefu ward being cut-off from the rest of Mambwe district after the Masumba-Nsefu road was washed away.